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League of Legends Champion GangplankGangplank is in the a tier of champions


Gangplank is a fighterRolefighter
Power SpikeMid-Game
Trial by Fire abilityp
Parrrley abilityq
Remove Scurvy abilityw
Powder Keg abilitye
Cannon Barrage abilityr

Gangplank Build

based on 67,296 matches
Win Rate
48.4 %
Pick Rate
4.9 %
Ban Rate
2.4 %

How We Come Up with Our Gangplank Builds

We process over 1 Million League of Legends games every day to bring you the most accurate Gangplank build so you can destroy your enemies and improve you win rate. We've broken down our Gangplank builds by rank, position, and enemy team type, so you can find the most accurate set of Gangplank core items and runes for any situation.

Gangplank Build Summary

Gangplank is a a below average top lane champ in League of Legends. His best rune sets are Inspiration Domination. Incorporating the specific runes shown below in your Gangplank build will help provide you with the additional bonuses to guarantee he plays well through the laning phase of the game and into the late game. You should focus on building up his q ability first.

Best vsAll Build for Gangplank


Starter Items

Time Target
Long SwordHealth Potion

Early Items

~5 Mins
SheenEssence Reaver

Core Gangplank Items

~22 Mins
Duskblade of DraktharrThe CollectorAxiom ArcIonian Boots of Lucidity

Optional Items

StormrazorPhantom DancerBloodthirsterGuardian Angel

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Gangplank to level upq
Second ability for Gangplank to level upe
Last skill for Gangplank to max outw


InspirationFirst StrikePerfect TimingFuture's MarketCosmic Insight
DominationTaste of BloodTreasure Hunter
Adaptive ForceAdaptive ForceHealth Scaling
Gangplank's passive ability p
Gangplank's q ability q
Gangplank's w ability w
Gangplank's e ability e
Gangplank's ultimate ability r

Gangplank Matchups Overview

More Gameplay Tips for Gangplank Players

Tips and Tricks

Have your allies tell you when there are enemies at low health so you can use Cannon Barrage from afar.

Powder Keg can be used to split push in certain situations.

Gangplank FAQs

Q: Is AP Gangplank viable? Is AP or AD Gangplank better?

A: AP Gangplank is very viable. If you build Gangplank to be AP focused, you will need to build the <a href="/item/3100/" target="_blank">Lich Bane item</a> early on. It will increase your Q damage significantly. AP Gangplank does two things very well. He is able to heal for a very large amount of health, which makes him able to split-push and solo better than AD gangplank. Additionally, his Ult will deal a lot more damage, which is great in late-game teamfights. You need a lot of items to make AP Gangplank powerful. AP Gangplank is more of a late-game build than an early game one. AD Gangplank is still of course very viable and is strong at all phases of the match. If you are new to GP, we recommend you stick with an AD Gangplank build until you are skilled with him.

Q: When should I use my global Ult?

A: Gangplanks Ult is a great tool to provide support to other lanes, especially from levels 6-10. During this phase of the game, it deals only minimal damage, but it has a powerful slowing effect. This slow can help other lanes escape or chase down other champions to get kills. Unless you need your Ult to finish off an enemy, save it to support your allies.

Q: What is Gangplank's greatest strength?

A: Gangplanks greatest strength is likely his ability to increase his gold revenue from minions he executes with his Q. Farming in lane, he is able to stack up a large horde that will help propel him into a powerful champion in the late game.

Q: What is GP's greatest strength?

A: Gangplank is a hard champion to snowball the enemy team with. He has a lot of good counters to other champs that make it difficult to be counter picked, such as his healing ability and Ult + slow; however, he doesn’t have any one overwhelming ability or tactic that can be used to easily dominate the whole battlefield. Gangplank is often a safe pick who can provide great team fighting and split-pushing potential. However, don't expect to carry the whole game alone with him.

Additional Gangplank Build Insights

LoL Gangplank players will likely find him to be a dynamic character to build out properly. You will find that his build varies when he is up against either generic or homogenous team compositions, showing you should not select the same Gangplank build every single game of League of Legends

The best items to include in your champion's build are: Duskblade of Draktharr, The Collector, and Axiom Arc. Those who included these pieces in their gear had a much better winrate than those who worked towards other item builds for Gangplank. Likewise, if you are battling a mixed enemy team comp, you should strongly consider getting him the Inspiration, and Domination runes. In recent matches, he won the largest percentage of his games when using these runes.

We calculated our Gangplank build suggestions by analyzing 67,296 recently ranked League games with him in them. We only propose the highest winrate Gangplank builds that were used by ranked players enough times for us to suggest them. With so many rounds in our data, we are very confident in our suggested builds.